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75% Kaps, 35 mayors support Cojuangco


How can we lose? – Celeste

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

SISON – “With almost all village officials how can we lose this election?” posed by Alaminos City Mayor Art Celeste during the distribution recently of the Certificates of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA) to electoral aspirants at the palatial residence of gubernatorial candidate Mark O. Cojuangco.

POWER HOUSE. Members of the Nationalist People's Coalition and the Biskeg na Pangasinan pose for posterity before the party gubernatorial aspirant Mark Cojuangaco and his running mate Calasiao Mayor Mark Macanlalay distributed certificates of nomination and acceptance. LOEJAN ANUDON

POWER HOUSE. Members of the Nationalist People’s Coalition and the Biskeg na Pangasinan pose for posterity before the party gubernatorial aspirant Mark Cojuangaco and his running mate Calasiao Mayor Mark Macanlalay distributed certificates of nomination and acceptance. LOEJAN ANUDON


Celeste, a former congressman like Cojuangco, said 35 incumbent mayors out of the 47 mayors and 75% of the barangay officials in the 1,333 villages in the 3 million populated Pangasinan supported the governorship and vice governorship candidacies of Cojuangco and Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay.
“So ano po ang ibig sabihin nito? Para po tayo sa bayan natin. Kung kasama po natin lahat ng kapitan, kasama po natin lahat ng barangay officials majority hindi naman po lahat paano po tayo matatalo?”
Celeste told an army of candidates running for the provincial board, mayoralty, vice mayoralty, and members of the town council applauding at the well manicured rolling lawn of the Cojuangcos in Barangay Labayug in Sison, Pangasinan.
Celeste said that he and his older brother Jesus or Boying, the first district congressman, crowed that nine out of 10 mayors in their district support Cojuangco and Macanlalay’s bid.
He said the mayor of Infanta should be supporting Cojuangco but he and his brother made a promised that the son of the late Mayor Ruperto Martinez, who was assassinated in December 2012, would be their candidate for the mayoralty in 2016”. (more…)

October 18, 2015 at 11:47 pm Leave a comment

COC


COC. Reelectionist Pangasinan 3rd district Rep. Rosemarie “Baby” Arenas submits her certificate of candidacy(COC) for the same position to Lawyer Marino Salas, provincial election supervisor, during the first day of filing of COC in Dagupan City last October 12.At right is Arenas’ daughter, former Rep.Rachel Arenas.CESAR RAMIREZ

COC. Reelectionist Pangasinan 3rd district Rep. Rosemarie “Baby” Arenas submits her certificate of candidacy(COC) for the same position to Lawyer Marino Salas, provincial election supervisor, during the first day of filing of COC in Dagupan City last October 12.At right is Arenas’ daughter, former Rep.Rachel Arenas.CESAR RAMIREZ

October 18, 2015 at 11:38 pm Leave a comment

Mark and Mark files CoCs


DAGUPAN CITY –Former first district Rep. Mark Cojuangco, Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay and fifth district Rep. Kimi Cojuangco filed their certificates of candidacy on Tuesday, October 13, for various positions in the 2016 elections.

MARK AND MARK. Former Pangasinan Rep. Mark Cojuangco who filed his certificate of candidacy for Governor last October 13 with his runningmate, Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay at the Comelec office in Dagupan City.CESAR RAMIREZ

MARK AND MARK. Former Pangasinan Rep. Mark Cojuangco who filed his certificate of candidacy for Governor last October 13 with his runningmate, Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay at the Comelec office in Dagupan City.CESAR RAMIREZ


Cojuangco is running for governor, Macanlalay for vice governor and Kimi for her third term as congresswoman. They are the official candidates of the Nationalist People’s Coalition.
Cojuangco said he and his team filed on the 13th day of the month, because he “considered it a lucky day.”
“I am 58 years old and five plus eight equals 13,” he said.
His father, former Ambassador Eduardo Cojuangco, also signed almost all contracts for businesses on the 13th day of the month, he added.
He told reporters he was confident and happy about how his candidacy is turning out after going around the province to introduce himself.
Cojuangco is running against Provincial Board Member Amado Espino III, Macanlalay against Vice Governor Ferdinand Calimlim and Kimi against Governor Amado Espino Jr.
Kimi Cojuangco said he was not angry at Espino Jr. for running against her “although in the beginning I got a little bit hurt because I really defended him during the last elections.”
The Cojuangcos and Espinos used to be friends and political allies.
“But all is fair in love and war,” he said.
A reporter and columnist of this paper likewise filed his CoC as governor under the National Unity Party (NUP).
Virgilio Maganes, also a blocktimer of programs aired over dwPR and dwDW, said he was invited by National Unity Party to be its official candidate.
His running mate is Susan Costales, his town mate in Villasis. The other candidates for vice governor are Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay, Vice Governor Ferdinand Calimlim and Myrna Torralba.
Maganes said he the NUP officials said they wanted a candidate who comes from the ranks of the poor and who does not come from traditional political families.
“It was not my plan to join any political battle but I was convinced by NUP leaders to run after they explained what they expected of a gubernatorial candidate,” he said.
Sison Vice Mayor Bensaulozacheus Marinas also filed his certificate of candidacy as congressional candidate as official candidate of the NUP. (more…)

October 18, 2015 at 11:36 pm Leave a comment

EARLY BIRD


EARLY BIRD:Reelectiionist Pangasinan 1st district Rep. Jesus Celeste(left) receives his copy of his certificate of candidacy(COC) for the same position he filed last October 12 at the provincial office of the Commission on Elections in Dagupan City. Celeste is the first official in Pangasinan to file his COC.CESAR RAMIREZ

EARLY BIRD:Reelectiionist Pangasinan 1st district Rep. Jesus Celeste(left) receives his copy of his certificate of candidacy(COC) for the same position he filed last October 12 at the provincial office of the Commission on Elections in Dagupan City. Celeste is the first official in Pangasinan to file his COC.CESAR RAMIREZ

October 18, 2015 at 11:30 pm Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Hirap maghanap ng political party si Espino?


Ang pulitika, ayon sa mga pantas ng agham sa larangang ito, ay isang sining sa pamamahala. Ang larangan ng pulitika ay ang pagpapakadalubhasa sa pamamahala upang maibigay ang mga sapat na serbisyo sa mga mamamayan. Dahil dito, nagkaroon ng mga partido pulitikal na may kanya-kanyang layunin at adhikain o tinatawag na plataporma para pagpilian ng mga mamamayan sa tuwing halalan.

Ang sistema pulitikal ng Estados Unidos ang modelo ng Pilipinas dahil sa malawakang pagpapairal ng demokrasya. Sila ay may tinatawag na ” two party system” o dalawang partido lang ang naglalaban sa halalan. Bagamat modelo ng Pilipinas ang Estados Unidos, tayo naman ay may ” multi-party system” o maramihang partido na talagang gumugulo sa kaisipan ng mga mamamayan at pati na rin ang mga pulitika.

Ang mga partido, bagamat may mga sariling panuntunan, ay nagiging landas ng mga pulitika na behikulo sa kanilang pagtakbo sa halalan. Sa ganitong sitwasyon nawawala ang kahalagahan ng mga partido pero sa kabilang banda ay nagiging mahalaga dahil sa halalan, ang mga kandidato na inindorso ng mga partido ang may karapatan na magtalaga ng tagapagmasid o “watchers” at makakuha ng kopya ng mga resulta sa mga presinto.

Ang paghahanap ng masisilungang partido ay nangyari kamakailan sa Pangasinan kay Gobernador Amado T. Espino Jr. at ang kanyang mga kasamahan. Noong nakaraang taon, humiwalay siya sa Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), isang malaking partido sa Pilipinas na binuo ni dating Ambassador Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco. (more…)

October 18, 2015 at 11:27 pm Leave a comment

MAGANES: Running for governor of Pangasinan


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Yes Brando Cortez! Not in my wildest dreams that I will see myself one day running against two big names in Pangasinan politics. Not in my dreams also that I will run as governor of Pangasinan, although I have worked with political titans, the father and son-Aguedo and Victor Agbayani.

We all know in Pangasinan that in the 2016 elections, former 5th District Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco will be pitted against the son and namesake of Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. We are also aware that over radios and in local weeklies, Cojuangcco and Espino are the subjects of commentaries. And we all know that the Espinos and Cojuangcos are political allies before their ties were severed due to political differences.

:NEWSMAN Virgilio Maganes submits his certificate of candidacy for governor to Lawyer Marino Salas, Comelec provincial election supervisor, in Dagupan City last October 16.CESAR RAMIREZ

:NEWSMAN Virgilio Maganes submits his certificate of candidacy for governor to Lawyer Marino Salas, Comelec provincial election supervisor, in Dagupan City last October 16.CESAR RAMIREZ


Espino, his sons and political allies in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan bolted the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) chaired by Cojuangco. Maybe Espino thought that being at the helm of the province of Pangasinan, it was easy to join a political party during the filing of certificates of candidacy.

It was not! He desperately scouted for a party that will issue a certificate of nomination and acceptance (CONA) for him, his son and political allies. He organized in haste a political group “Partido na Pangasinan”, but fell short of registering it and getting accreditation from the Commission on Election (Comelec).

Last October 13, Espino’s son filed his certificate of candidacy as governor of Pangasinan while the elder Espino filed as a representative of 5th District who will be running against incumbent 5th District Rep. Kimi S. Cojuangco. The father and son were given certificates of nomination and acceptance (CONA) by the National Unity Party (NUP).

Espino was not aware, however, that NUP has issued earlier a CONA to this columnist as governor earlier than them.

On October 16, the last day of filing the certificates of candidacy, this columnist and his group filed their candidacies using NUP’s CONA. However, Espino learned of the move that will invalidate their CONAs, that’s why he looked for other political parties to issue CONAs to them. And indeed, he found one -the Aksyon Demokratiko, a political party founded by the late Senator Raul Roco but has been dormant for years.

So I am running for Governor? Yes! There is now a move for NUP to have an alliance with NPC and wait for the development in the coming days. Apparently, Espino and his son do not belong to NUP.

I am the official candidate of NUP, no more, no less and I thank the party for its trust and confidence on me as opposed to a powerful politician like Governor Espino, a provincial leader who out rightly said over the radio that he did not know me and has not seen yet my face. I am glad that a nameless broadcaster and news writer was selected as a
candidate over the son of Espino. LOL! (more…)

October 18, 2015 at 11:24 pm Leave a comment

Businessman uses feng shui for date with Comelec


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

BAYAMBANG – A feng shui expert told a mayoralty bet here that October 13 was a lucky date to file his certificate of candidacy (CoC) at the Commission on Election (Comelec).

BAYAMBANG TICKET. Dr. Cezar Quimbao (4th from left) and his team meet the press and supporters at the convention  hall of Royal Mall in Bayambang after  they simultaneously filed their Certificates of Candidacy at the Commission of Election. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

BAYAMBANG TICKET. Dr. Cezar Quimbao (4th from left) and his team
meet the press and supporters at the convention
hall of Royal Mall in Bayambang after they simultaneously filed
their Certificates of Candidacy at the Commission of Election.
MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA


Feng shui is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment.
Business tycoon Cezar S. Quimbao said he should be filing his CoC on October 12 to avoid October 13 that represents misfortune, because of a business trip abroad on October 14.
“ Sabi sa akin ng feng shui master, sir Quimbao mag file kayo, 13 is a good day from 9 Am to 11 (Am) so nakita ninyo ho nag file kami. Nag simba kami,” he told media men and his supporters at a press conference held at his Royal Mall here an hour after he and his ticket filed their CoCs at the Comelec.
He said the feng shui expert told him October 13 showed that he would be changing his career from being a businessman to a politician.
“Pero hindi ako magiging traditional politician. If ever given a chance magalit na kung sino magalit, gagawin natin kung ano ang nararapat, wala akong vested interest sa pulitika,” he told the applauding crowd.
Quimbao had already given millions of pesos to this first class town’s coffer as business taxes after he registered here his mammoth businesses like Strategic
Alliance Holdings Inc , U.S $80 million Build-Own-Operate’s Land Transportation Office-Information Technology’s Stradcom project , U.S$ 120 million Lares computerization of the Land Registration Authority, and others that are mostly based in Manila.
He paid P20 million in business taxes that this town’s used to buy several heavy equipment like bulldozers and to fund some infrastructure projects.
He was known to bankroll the mayoralty victory of Mayor Leocadio de Vera in 1997 and supported incumbent Mayor Ricardo Camacho during his earlier term in office.
But his relationship with Camacho turned sour when the mayor was implicated in a series of corruption issues.
Quimbao sued Camacho at the Office of Ombudsman after this town Councilor Levin Uy discovered that Camacho approved the release of P1.9 million from the coffer to pay the 8,000 grills for an 8- kilometer inter-connected grills. Quimbao had already paid for the grills used in the town’s bid for the Guinness World Record’s longest grill during the fiesta’s street grilling with 112,000 pieces of freshwater fishes.

“Saan niya ilalagay iyong tatlong kilometrong grills? Ginamit niya iyong 400 years (town) anniversary para doon sa disbursement para makakuha lang siya ng pera. It was a ghost project,” an angry Quimbao told Northern Watch before. (more…)

October 18, 2015 at 11:22 pm Leave a comment

Rules that govern substitution of 2016 election bets


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

There are two periods when candidates for elective positions can file substitutes, the Commission on Election (Comelec) said in its newly approved rules.
The candidate can be either running for the presidential, vice presidential, senatorial, congressional, governorship, vice governorship, provincial board, mayorship, vice mayorship, or councillorship.
Resolution No. 9984 said the first period from October 12 to December 10, 2016 covers the substitution of a candidate in case of death, disqualification or withdrawal of another.
Section 19 of the resolution said an official candidate of a duly registered political party (PP) or coalition, who dies, withdraws or is disqualified for any cause after the last day for the filing of Certificate of Candidacies (COCs) which is October 12 may be substituted by a candidate belonging to, and nominated by the same PP or Coalition.
The law says, however, that no substitute shall be allowed for any independent candidate.
“The substitute of a candidate who has withdrawn may file a COC for the Office affected on or before December 10, 2015 so that the name of the substitute will be reflected on the official ballots,” Section 19 said.
During the second period, there is no substitution due to withdrawal shall be allowed after December 10, 2015. (more…)

October 18, 2015 at 11:07 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: Saging at tubig ang baon sa campaign


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Para sa maraming hindi nakapanood noong filing ng Certificate of Candidacy ni Presidential candidate Grace Poe (SGP) at vice presidential candidate
Francis G. Escudero (FGE) kasama si Ms. Heart Evangelista, eh narito po ang isang interview sa kanila at i-share ko sa inyo.

TAYAG: Yes, ito na po, totoo na po ito, si Sen. Grace Poe ay naririto na officially. Nag-file na siya ng Certificate of Candidacy, good afternoon ma’am. Ang dami po naming mga audience ngayon.

Rosales councilor Romy Sim, kumpleto na ang senatorial line-up ng independent team na Grace-Chiz. Kung iyong ibang kandidato na may partido ay hindi makabuo ng 12 senatorial slte. Etong walang partido, nakabuo ng 12.

TAYAG: Ma’am kumpleto na po ba ang ating senatorial lineup, ma’am?

SGP: Kumpleto na po. Ito po ay pormal na iaanunsyo natin sa susunod na linggo. Hinihintay lang po natin, kung hindi ako nagkakamali, dalawa sa kanila na pormal magdedeklara sa kani-kanilang mga distrito bukas so bigyan muna natin sila ng pagkakataon.

TAYAG: Bakit daw po ma’am? Ano po ang dahilan nila kung bakit hindi pa po makapag-decide?

SGP: Hindi, nagdesisyon na sila pero mayroon kasi silang inaayos na selebrasyon at doon nila sasabihin pero hindi lamang iyon. Mas maganda kasi kapag inanunsyo ay sabay-sabay na sila na magkakasama. Subalit iyong mga iba naman doon ay nabanggit na rin sa mga pahayagan kung sinu-sino sila.

BM Von Mark Mendoza ng 2nd district, tutor at iginagalang daw po ni presidential candidate Grace Poe ang pagiging independent ni Sen. Serge Osmena. Kahit na hindi kasali sa slate nina Grace at Chiz ay alam niya na pareho sila ng advocacy.

TAYAG: Ma’am kanina po nagsabi si Sen. Serge Osmeña na siya daw po ay tatakbo as independent candidate pero doon sa mga nakalipas po na writeup lumilitaw po na kasama po siya sa inyong lineup.

SGP: Opo, alam mo sa totoo lang marami akong natutunan kay Sen. Serge at isa siya sa aking ginagalang at hinahangaan na senador at para sa akin kasi, ang pagbuo ng koalisyon ay hindi lang dapat dahil sa partido. Kung sino ang naniniwala ka makakatulong talaga sa bayan. Para sa amin inclusive, fairness, justice, napakahalaga, hindi divisiveness. Ngayon, bilang isang independent na kandidato, ginagalang ko din ang pananaw ni Sen. Serge dahil siya nga ay isang independent, siya nga ang nagturo sa akin niyan. Kaya bagama’t hindi namin siya makakasama, alam ko naman na kapag nandoon siya sa Senado ay pareho rin ang aming adbokasiya para sa ating mga kababayan.

Bok Nani Braganza, kumusta na sa kabilang bakuran? Hahaha. Miss ka na sa Pangasinan. Saging at tubig ang baon sa kampanya ni Presidential candidate Grace Poe. Saging din o.

TAYAG: May vitamins po ba kayo particularly na iniinom para maidaos po ninyo ang inyong campaign?

SGP: Alam mo iyan ang pangaral sa akin ng nanay ko palagi. Ang unang-una niyang iniisip ay ang aking kalusugan. Para sa akin, sabi nga nila dapat magdala ng saging palagi kapag nag-iikot for potassium at tubig. Vitamins, sa totoo lang wala pero dapat talaga mayroon.

TAYAG: Marami pong salamat ma’am. Ang dami pong naghihintay sa inyo. Samantala si Sen. Chiz Escudero, makakasama natin si Sen. Chiz Escudero. Kasama niya dito ang kanyang maybahay na si Ms. Heart Evangelista, ma’am magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat, ano po ang magiging support ninyo sa inyong asawa?

Mayor Heidee Chua ng Asingan, kumusta na po ang mga kambing at gulay diyan? Sabi ni Heart Evangelista na ipagluluto daw niya ng pagkain si vice presidential candidate Chiz Escudero matapos ang filing ng COC. Marunong kaya magluto ng kalderata at bulanglang si Ms. Heart.?

EVANGELISTA: Nandito lang ako para sa kanya after ng kanyang tough day. Paglulutuan ko siya ng masarap na pagkain, iyon lang siguro ang magagawa ko para sa kanya. Ayan na, teka, siya muna ang interviewhin mo.

TAYAG: Sen. Chiz Escudero totoo na po ito, ito na po talaga. Senator, just in case na kayo po ang mananalong vice president ano po ang posisyon na gusto ninyong makamit?

Mayor Bobom Perez ng Urdaneta City, kumusta na po? Walang specific na portfolio ang kukunin ni vice presidential candidate Chiz Escudero sa cabinet. Ipinapaubaya niya ito sa isang Grace Poe presidency.

FGE: Hindi para sa akin na sabihin, hindi para sa akin na idikta iyon. Nandito ako para tulungan at gampanan ang papel na marapat gampanan sa isang panguluan sa ilalim ni Sen. Grace Poe.

TAYAG: So ang (inaudible) ninyo pong susundan ay parang Housing sir? Housing department (inaudible)?

FGE: Ulitin ko, hindi para sa akin ang magdikta o sabihin.

Mayor Susan Casareno ng Rosales, kumusta na po? Sa recess ng senado daw po mag-iikot sa mga probinsiya ang Grace-Chiz team. Tapos balik work sila sa November.

TAYAG: Sir, kailan po kayo mag-iikot?

FGE: Nagsisimula naman na kaming mag-ikot, lalo na habang recess dahil kapag tapos na iyong recess, kailangan namin muling magtrabaho sa Senado.
(more…)

October 18, 2015 at 11:02 pm Leave a comment

Macanlalay: Cojuangco to address flooding problem


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

CALASIAO – The mayor here hopeed that the victory of former Congressman Mark O. Cojuangco will usher the solution for the perennial flooding that haunts this town.

ONE IN A MILLION. A supporter hugs Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay when he mimicked  Larry Graham's musical opus "One in a Million" in one of the powwows in the huge Pangasinan province. Macanlalay eyes the vice gubernatorial post in the Northern Luzon province.  LOEJAN ANUDON

ONE IN A MILLION. A supporter hugs Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay when he mimicked Larry Graham’s musical opus
“One in a Million” in one of the powwows in the
huge Pangasinan province. Macanlalay eyes the
vice gubernatorial post in the Northern Luzon
province. LOEJAN ANUDON


Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay said one of the solutions Cojuangco espouses to solve the flooding here and some parts of the province is the use of the LiDAR Technology.
LiDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging. It is, according to the U.S National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure ranges or variable distances to the earth. These light pulses—combined with other data recorded by the airborne system— generate precise, three-dimensional information about the shape of the earth and its surface characteristics.
“Iyan na nakukuha mo iyong terrain ng lupa makikita mo kung saang lugar ang malalim at saang lugar ang mataas. At doon mo makikita kung paano ang magiging takbo ng tubig, kung saan ang daloy ng tubig. I-simulate mo na lang doon ang isang tubig baha. So makikita mo mababaw na parte,” he explained.

Macanlalay said in other countries, officials there look for the lowest terrain where they excavate a huge hole to catch the flood.
Cojuangco called this as stilling of water technique. This technique of excavating a wide land area to catch large volume of water would help control flooding.

Although huge excavation is new in the Philippines, it has been done in other countries like Mainland China, he said.
“It is like a coffee in a mug, after you stirred it you can see the ingredients like sugar, cream, coffee bottoming down. They are like the soils brought by the flood,” he said.
If there is less silt that goes into the river bed, the more it can help mitigate the flooding in the community. (more…)

October 18, 2015 at 10:58 pm Leave a comment

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